Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar: Rennes-le-Chateau Secrets and Discoveries (Paperback)by Ben Hammott (Author, Illustrator)
100 years ago a French priest embedded clues in his church leading to a secret location.
Those clues have been solved.
That location has been found.
The SECRET is revealed!
What begins as a treasure hunt and a bit of fun and adventure, leads an Englishman to the tiny French village of Rennes-le-Chateau, where an ordinary man unlocked a mysterious puzzle set up by a priest 100 years ago.
Abbe Berenger Sauniere became mysteriously and fabulously rich after finding a hidden parchment when carrying out repairs to the Church of Mary Magdalene. Subsequent to Sauniere's death in 1917, speculation was rife about the possible source of his sudden wealth.Some have said it was proceeds from the sale of an ancient or a Royal Treasure. Or it might have been hush money paid by the Vatican to keep Sauniere quiet, but if so what did Sauniere find that they were so afraid of?
As many believe, the mysterious priest had embedded clues in his church decoration leading to a treasure or a secret, and the source of his wealth. When Ben Hammott enters the church he soon spots something that everyone else has somehow missed - a key that deciphers some of the embedded clues.
Painstakingly deciphering and following the clues, Ben is led to a discovery of 2000-year-old artefacts, a treasure of gold, and a Knights Templar tomb containing a mummifed body under a shroud!
A fantastic Treasure Hunt that ends in a startling revelation. 10/10
Its what adventure is all about.
The date is 1925
The location is the Amazon Jungle.
Colonel Percy Fawcett, his son Jack and close friend Raleigh Rimmell, are looking for a lost City rumoured to be hidden in the unexplored regions of the cannibal inhabited jungle.
Dead Horse Camp is situated at the boundary of unexplored territory. Ahead lay the unknown, danger, and perhaps a Lost Civilisation.
The three explorers enter the jungle never to be seen or heard from again. Until now!
Present day - New information that reveals what befell the Fawcett expedition reaches the civilised world. A team is put together to travel to the Amazon jungle. Their task is to unravel the mystery and find the Lost City of Z.
But the journey to the Lost City is just the beginning. Inside lurks danger and a secret those guarding it will kill to protect. Survival will not be easy, escape impossible.
Fawcett's adventure continues in AMAZON ADVENTURE Journey to Colonel Fawcett's Lost City
Reviews for LOST TOMB OF THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
|By||ShadowFox (London, England)|
Not only do we read about Ben Hammott's treasure hunting escapades in the remote village and climbing through caves, trekking up steep hills and mountains, but we get an insight into the every day Hammott, working at home but having his life disrupted by eerie people turning up at his door and there's even an...explosive surprise!
All-in-all I found this book an enjoyable read, (all 688 pages of it!) and found the pictures in it (331!) assisted with placing in one's mind the pretty little village anybody interested in Rennes-le-Chateau (of Da Vinci code fame) wants to visit.
I would recommend this book if you have an interest in the Da Vinci Code, Rennes-le-Chateau, treasure hunting, adventure or mysteries! Ben Hammott has been likened to Indiana Jones by a presenter from America and I have to say I agree! He has climbed down lots of caves, hiked up mountains in the middle of the night and discovered lots of secrets around Rennes-le-Chateau, like the bottle messages left by Sauniere, the Priest. Fantastic read - I would have given this book 10 stars if it was available.
The only thing I would say is that there are some (minor) grammar mistakes, but Ben is the first to admit (at the front of the book!) that he does make such mistakes when writing and it really didn't really bother me. Great book, buy it!
Oh, one more thing to add - Ben Hammott is featured in the recent documentary film Bloodline, directed by Bruce Burgess, and watching that before reading the book really gives it extra depth and you are able to see what Ben talks about in his book...enjoyed the bits at the end of the film but not so much the talking at the beginning.
It could have done with rather more stringent editing but nonetheless it has proved to be an enthralling read.
I have read a number of books about the RLC mystery and was amazed read how Ben managed to reach past the extensive esoterica that takes over some of the other books and arrived at a a series of solutions that produced such an amazing result. I look forward to any further information as and when it becomes available.
I bought The Lost Tomb of the Knights Templar as I have been interested in the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery for many years and had visited the village a few years ago. I have read many books on the subject, some good and some not so good, but Ben's book is by far one of best, certainly the most interesting and enjoyable and I place it in my top ten of every book I have ever read!
The book covers Ben's research and discoveries from when he first heard of the Rennes-le-Chateau mystery and his later discoveries. The mystery happened around 100 years ago and concerns Berenger Sauniere, the priest of the small French village called Rennes-le-Chateau, who found something in his church that turned him from a penniless priest into a very wealthy one. Ben explains how the decorations in Berenger Sauniere's Church held hidden clues leading to locations in the surrounding landscape. By deciphering these clues Ben found these locations and what was hidden there.
I don't want to spoil it for people who don't know what Ben found yet so I will not reveal it here, but a big clue is in the title of the book, but there were also other things Ben found including some 2000 year old relics and treasure! All of Ben's discoveries are covered in detail and at times it is an hilarious read. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion, so much so that my teenage son wanted to read the book after me. He knew very little about the Rennes-le-Chateau saga but like me he thoroughly enjoyed the book. Although in places the book is funny this in no way detracts from the seriousness of Ben's clue solving and investigations into what Sauniere was up to.
It was also refreshing to read and learn something new about the mystery, something lacking in most other books on this subject. I do like Ben's style of writing as it makes for an enjoyable and easy read and the inclusion of over 300 images was a great idea as it really brings to life Ben's treasure hunt. Just like others have said, Ben has written in a way that includes you the reader in his quest. It is like you are there with him making these discoveries. if you like a good, no great story, a mystery with a smattering of suspense, treasure hunting and clue solving or an enjoyable real life adventure, I highly recommend this book to you. So join Ben on his journey, its a fantastic, interesting and enjoyable ride and more than worth the fare. Beg, borrow or buy this book and climb aboard, you will not be disappointed! 10/10
So is it trustworthy, or is the author going along with the spirit of the time, and making some great "finds"? I have to say that the pictures and statements from witnesses are impressive. What puzzles me is that this "Blue-collar-guy" is so smart that he cracks all these codes, some of which are far fetched. Lots of people have tried, and this guy who has no knowledge suddenly solves it all. And on top of that he actually prefers english "cooking" to french!!
The book is too good to pass up. So go buy it. But be restrictive in what you believe!
Then there are the chapters on the incredibly detailed clue solving and treasure hunts as the author makes his amazing discoveries. All accompanied by some of the most stunning images that I've ever seen in such a book that set the scene admirably, giving you the impression you are there joining in the fun and excitement of the hunt.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is definitely in my Top Ten favourite list!
If you only ever read one book about Rennes-le-Chateau then make sure this is it. It is so packed full of fascinating information and images that I just can't put it down! I feel like I've been right there with Ben on every step of his journey and I can't wait to start my own.
Fabulous read - thank you!
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